Saturday, 20 June 2015

London Spy 20:06:15 Our Weekly #London Round-Up

It's our weekly London roundup starting with a few headlines that caught the eye in London this week, click the links for the full stories…

FOOD: 16 New Food Markets For London – The Guardian

PROPERTY: £70,000 For A Walthamstow Garage – Evening Standard

TRANSPORT: Oxford Street to Ban the Bus? – Evening Standard

COMMUTE: A Handy How-Long-To-Travel Map – Business Insider

CYCLING: Does London Need A Bike Bridge? - Daily Telegraph

CULTURE: London Oldster Festival - The Economic Voice

MUSIC: David Byrne Curates Meltdown – Daily Telegraph

If You Do One OTHER Thing In London This Week…

Our weekly slot in which we point you in the direction of other happenings and events in our great city. A new exhibition, a gig, a museum, a pop-up-shop – the best of London within a few minutes of a London Walks walking tour.

Last chance to see the Cartoon Museum's Heckling Hitler exhibition – it closes next Saturday 27th June…

This exhibition reminds us of the function of our cartoonists in a time of war. And it's always a time of war. To provoke us, to prick pomposity and sometimes simply to cheer us up.

There's powerful comment – the hooded figure of death weeps at the sight of a concentration camp; there are daft jokes to lift our flagging wartime spirits – a pin cushion with a cartoon of Hitler where we were encouraged to stick pins in the f├╝rher's bum.

We blogged about the cartoons of World War II earlier this year – click HERE to catch up with that post. David Low is central to that blog post and many examples of his work can be seen in this exhibition. Low once said:

"I have learned from experience that, in the bluff and counterbluff of world politics, to draw a hostile war lord as a horrible monster is to play his game. What he doesn't like is being shown as a silly ass."

But in this context pictures are much better than words. There's only a week left of this show, do try and squeeze it in. As usual the tiny, underfunded cartoon museum has staged another illuminating spectacle on a shoestring.

Cartoon Museum,
35 Little Russell Street,

(You can catch up with our Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of London on its own standalone blog at

Walking & Footwear News

Now we're doing the Nordic walk. Oi! Where do we stand on Nordic Walking? You've seen them, I'm sure, the folks with the poles who look like they've forgotten their skis. Is it beneficial to health? The Guardian website has opened a forum for walkers to discuss the pros and cons.

A muscular therapist added this to the debate:

"Nordic walking when done correctly has been proven to use 90% of muscles, burn 40% more calories than normal walking, take 26% stress off ankles, knees and hips.

It is sociable, fun and functional. I say my poles are the ultimate outdoor cross trainer, there are so many other ways a fitness pro can utilise the poles for various activities, it is not just cardio vascular, but also muscular strength and endurance. Posture and balance will also be improved.

And then there was this:

"Nordic Walking is ridiculous. People have been mugged into this. Swimming will do more for you."

Seen In London This Week

Our finest moment on Twitter this week thanks to the eagle eye and poetic pen of David Tucker the Daily Constitutional Special Correspondent

Read In London This Week No.1

This also from Twitter, thanks Judy McKeever…

Read in London This Week No.2

The print version of The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book fanzine is out! Written to accompany Adam's Rock'n'Roll London walk, you can buy a copy on his walk next Friday at 2:00pm. The cover price is £4 but if you buy it on the walk you'll get a £1 discount!

It's also available online both in print and for your e-reader, tablet or smartphone. There's also a FREE six-page try-before-you-buy sample for download.

Thanks for reading! London Spy will return next Saturday

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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